Krazy Jim’s Blimpy Burger: If You Want The Best Burger On Campus, You Better Study The Menu!

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There’s a burger joint in Ann Arbor that’s an institution. It’s legendary and everyone eats there: students, locals and visitors. It’s called, “Krazy Jim’s Blimpy Burger” and has been featured on the Food Network’s Diners Drive Ins and Dives with Guy Fieri.

And after more than 60 years in the same location, they’re moving because the University of Michigan purchased its location from Blimpy’s landlord for a million dollars.

The University plans to build a graduate residence hall where the burger joint currently sits, but before they do, I really wanted the opportunity to eat there once more.

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At Krazy Jim’s, the food is cheap, greasy and delicious. It’s a very small
restaurant with a long line and the food is ordered cafeteria-style.

Customers grab a tray, approach the counter and speak directly to the cook.

If you are dining in you better have a tray in front of you. If you don’t, everyone will assume that you’re dining out (and will also wonder why you don’t have a tray…).

You should grab a tray.

When you approach the counter {which you should absolutely not do until you are absolutely certain you have looked over the menu and know exactly what you want}, get ready to talk directly to the fry cook and burger chef.

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First, you will be asked if you want anything from the fryer. You can have fried zucchini, fried mushrooms, French fries or onion rings. The onion rings are made over the course of three days. If you like onion rings you should give these a try. They’re specially prepared so that the batter sticks to them.

As you order, you will actually be standing in front of the fryer, and the fry cook, so the question-asking is pretty straightforward.

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Then, you will inch forward toward the grill cook. There you will order the number of patties you want. Each day, the restaurant grinds its own beef. After grinding the beef the patties are formed into balls. Two balls = a double, three balls = a triple, etc.

Here you will need to communicate what kind of roll you want (plain, onion, kaiser, etc) and order any grilled items. Just before the burger comes off the grill, you will be asked to pick what kind of cheese you prefer, if any.

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Because the restaurant is so small it’s important that you go in with a plan.

The cooks are crabby because it’s hot in there and space is tight. They need you to order just so because the items are stored in that order. Plus, you don’t want to hold up the line.

Ordering a Blimpy burger can be stressful. But the burgers are delicious. The restaurant proudly brags that they are currently serving their fifth generation of customers and there’s a reason for that.

Whenever people tell me they are coming to Ann Arbor, and ask me where they should go I always suggest Krazy Jim’s. It’s an institution, and for more than 60 years the locals have loved it. The service is abrasive (part of the charm), but the food (albeit greasy) is cooked to order.

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